Showing posts from March, 2011

All Dressed Up

Linking up to Lady for this weeks dress-up installation.

On Friday, Denise and I got together for a super fun girls night with some new to me friends.  Of course since we were in something other than comfy pants and flip flops we had to do an impromptu photo shoot which may or may not have been interrupted twice by a hubby trying to sneak out for cigars. Ahem.

Silk shirt and gray shirt - New York and Co Clearance Jeans - levis Necklace - ? Earrings - gift from my man shoes (not shown but I promise they were cute) - Payless
Boobs - God, Madelyn, and Victoria's Secret

Excuses Excuses

Why do we always feel a need to make excuses for why our children don't act like stuffy adults?

I admit that sometimes I get embarrassed by Madelyn's behavior in public and I start telling perfect strangers "It's naptime." or "She's hungry." or "It's been a long day." and a few months ago it was "She misses Daddy."  First of all, its none of their business.  Second, there is no excuse for bad behavior, but most importantly, we all have bad days and my 3 year old is not going to be on perfect behavior all of the time.  Wow.  What an epiphany right?

Parents aren't the only ones who do it.  Teachers do it trying to ease our poor exhausted parenting hearts.  Reassuring us that it's nothing we're doing wrong, it's just that Dad is deployed, or that all the kids were acting up, or she seemed really tired.  How about she's 3 and cannot be expected to behave like an adult.  Yes, there is room to teach and correct …

I'm running for military families!

On April 2nd, I will be running a 5K in support of ACT Today for Military Families.  OK, OK, I use the term "running" loosely, it's more of a jog, but those of you who know me in real life know that I'm not so much for the running.  As in, not at all.  I feel that if the families I am running for can live this marathon life of dealing with Autism, I can run a measely 3.1 miles.  My 3.1 miles are nothing compared to what these children are living on a daily basis. 

1 in 88 military children has a diagnosis in the autism spectrum.*  This amazes me.  Fortunately autism is treatable, but those treatments can be expensive, extensive, and beyond the realm of our standard Tricare coverage.  That is where ACT Today for Military Families comes into play.  This organization helps military families defray the out of pocket costs for specialized treatments, allowing families to obtain the best care for their children.

If you haven't guessed by now, this is the part where I&…

Book #2 - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

OhMyGosh guys.  When I told you that I really honestly truly love to read, it is because of books like this.  I started this book Monday morning, and finished it Tuesday morning. I couldn't put it down, it was so intriguing and well written.  I cannot wait to read her other books.  Like I am having to keep myself away from the library because I have a house to clean, groceries to purchase, and a family to care for. 

So if anyone is keeping track - that's two books in less than a week.

All Dressed Up - No pinching!

I'm linking up to No Model Lady for:

This week I'm feeling a little luck of the Irish.

I LOVE dressing for a theme.  Unfortunately my day to day to life doesn't really call for much of this.

Dress: JCrew clearance Shoes: Dillards clearance Sweater: gifted
Earrings: Kohls

Pen to the Paper #1

As I posted on Saturday, I've decided to share some lines from my handwritten journal here on the blog.

I realize that I am opening myself up to a lot by doing this, but please bear in mind that all of the lines shared here are random and you don't know the before, the after, or the context.  So they are random lines from a random place that I like the phrasing of or that just touches me.

I think they maybe took a wrong turn or two while I was in a completely different state.

This is as much a part of my journal as she is of me.  A little splash of mayhem. (written just below one of Madelyn's doodles)

Full belly + stinky breath + wine drowsiness = Fabulous Night!

Are you inclined to share bits from your journal?  Do so in the comments, or link to your own blog in the comments.

Book #1 - The List by Tara Ison

This was a pretty quick read and fairly engaging.   The story is about a couple who are toxic to one another but addicted to each other as well.  It's not your typical love story and just when you think you're figuring out the end, you realize you really had no clue.  It didn't have a profound impact on my life, but I enjoyed the book and was easily lost in it.
Book 1 of 24 towards being able to rationalize getting an electronic book reader.
Next up: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Pen to the Paper

I started a blog so that I could express myself but all I really find myself doing is censoring what I put out there.  Thinking "nobody wants to read that" or "who cares?" so I've decided to take the pen to the paper and start journaling again, handwriting style.  It's cathartic and I don't have to censor myself.  What I'll be doing is pulling a few lines from the weeks journaling and sharing here.

The lines I choose will probably just be things that I liked the wording of, or recurring thoughts, or epiphanies of the week and there won't be any context to accompany them.  Just take and enjoy them for what they are - random lines from a random place.

If anybody wants to join, shout out and link up in the comments section and if there are enough, I'll start a linky party.  I think it'll be fun to see a slightly unedited side of us all.

I'll post the first on Monday.

Library visit - day 1 - Success!

So I went to the library this morning sans child and of course failed to make a list of any of the authors or book names I've seen on other peoples blogs (Candace...ahem).  As is my usual routine I was initially overwhelmed but I kept walking the aisles.  Our library has a "What's Hot" section and it's an "express" checkout so you only keep the book 7 days.   Everything on those shelves that I wanted to read seemed a little long for me to be able to commit to such a short time frame.  Remember, I'm just jumping back on this bicycle.
So, I know you're dying to know what I got.  First, here's what I didn't get.  Anything that started with "After ending her relationship of blahdy blah blah blah, Susie whositwhatsit goes on a journey to find herself and finds love where she least expects it".  Yeah.  I really have to be in just the right mood to read the same story written in a different city, voice, etc.
What I did get:
This looks t…

On reading

I LOVE to read.  I LOVE novels, fiction, non-fiction, whatever.  I truly enjoy immersing myself in a book but for some reason I have gotten away from it.  I don't know why.  The last book I purchased I read cover to cover in a matter of hours during a layover and flight with a two year old, so I know it's not something I've "outgrown", I just don't know where to start, or what book I want to read.  I get overwhelmed in a bookstore because the covers are so pretty and flashy and I can't make up my mind.  I'm underwhelmed in a library because it's just titles and authors showing, so unless I know what I want, I can't settle on something and be happy.  Something about my personality and always wondering if I'm choosing the BEST book for my time.  Yeah, I know...weirdo.

I'm not a rereader of books either, some classics I can, or if it's been YEARS since I read it but I get bored because I know what's going to happen next.

I want a …

Way Back - All Dressed Up style

OK, so this isn't really all that way back, but it was October and I never did blog it so I'm linking up with No Model Lady's
I LOVE dressing up for Halloween, and for the second time ever I talked Chris into a couple's costume.  Kind of fitting for an MP huh?  :)
As an aside, does anybody else get ridiculously frustrated with Halloween costumes and the fact that they are either way trashy or way frumpy?  Where is the middle ground?  This "shirt" was actually a dress, but because my rear-end hangs low and wobbles to and fro I put on some pants, cause nobody needed to be that kind of scared on Halloween.

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup

Welcome Friends!
Do you L-O-V-E somebody in the military?  Then this is totally the place for you. Please, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and make yourself comfortable. 

Hi!  I am Katrina aka Froggy Lady.
 I like frogs.   No really.   I do.
The Lily Pad is my little space on the internet that I like to call home.  It's a place where I take off my shoes, relax and get a little crazy sometimes. I also like to visitFour Ribbons  and get my craft on. This is my Marine, he fights for freedom. That is HOT.  
This is Madelyn.  She is three and keeps me on my toes and sometimes renders me speechless. 

So now that you know a little more about me, please link up so we all can get to know you!
Oh and since we are all linked to the military somehow, you know there are rules.  Don't worry, they're super easy and fun! Link-up your favorite post from this past week with the little linky guy below. Yep that's it.
Now, please, go, mingle, and leave some bloggy love for our fellow military sp…

March already?

Yep.  I guess it is.  Wow.